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ND Scuttles Traditional Marriage Group

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NOTRE DAME, IN — In a startling and deeply disappointing action, Notre Dame’s Office of Student Affairs has denied the application of the student organization SCOP (Students for Child Oriented Policy) for recognition. This decision comes in the wake of hundreds of student signatories to the error-riddled and malign anti-SCOP petition that we described in our last bulletin.

As we explained in that bulletin, SCOP supports the Church’s opposition to the legalization of gay “marriage” and its view of the deleterious effect of same-sex parenting. SCOP is mobilizing support for the proposed Indiana constitutional amendment declaring marriage limited to heterosexual unions; it organized a conference at Notre Dame on gay marriage; and it is gathering signatures on a petition urging Father Jenkins to support and advance the Church’s teaching on this issue.

The denial letter refers to, and rests upon, the recommendation of the Club Coordination Council, a branch of the undergraduate Student Government. That recommendation is based on the assertion that there is “not a need” for SCOP because its mission is “closely mirrored” by the missions of other clubs that already “serve the intended interests” of SCOP.

The letter of denial does not identity any such organization whose mission “closely mirrors” SCOP’s, nor does it describe any action by any organization that has “served the intended interests” of SCOP.

While there may be existing groups that are sympathetic to the mission of SCOP, there is no other club with the same purpose and proposed activities.  As Michael Bradley, the 2013-14 editor-in-chief of the Irish Rover declares in a message to us,  “No club exists that does what we do.” Witness what we have described above — the conference, the petition, the support of the Indiana proposed amendment — and, more generally, SCOP’s focus on how pornography and marriage policies affect children and children’s rights.

Moreover, this standard was not employed by Father Jenkins last year when, after 15 years of repeated denials by the university of student requests for a gay club, he acceded to intense faculty and student pressure and accorded official recognition to such an organization.  In that case, the interests of gay students had been served by the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) as well as by the administration-founded Core Council. (The president of PSA was the leader in the recognition drive. A public supporter of gay marriage, he has just finished his term as president of Student Government.)  It seems redundancy disqualifies only when students seek to advance the Church’s position against the gay rights agenda.

The administration’s lamentable action is striking evidence of a major fault line in the school’s Catholic identity. It has followed its recognition and support of a gay student organization with this denial of recognition and support to students upholding the Church’s position on gay marriage. By denying SCOP funding, the use of university space, and the right to sponsor events, the administration handicaps SCOP as an ally of the Church and a promoter of children’s welfare.

The many anti-SCOP petitioners that we described in our last bulletin have gotten what they wanted. It seems clear that among many at Notre Dame as elsewhere, to borrow from Robert George and Ryan Anderson,  “Support for marriage as a male-female union has swiftly become, among the mandarins of culture, the most hated position on the most heated question.”

But these SCOP students are not to be cowed. Tiernan Kane, SCOP’s president vows, “This will not stop us!”

Pray for them and stay tuned for further developments. Father Jenkins, after all, has plenary authority. Accordingly, he also has full responsibility.


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SCOP Petition

If you haven’t signed the SCOP petition calling on the administration to stand with the Church on gay marriage but would like to, do so here.

Recognized Student Clubs

It is instructive to examine the list of the hundreds of student clubs the university has recognized. They include, for example:

Ace of Spades
Acting for the Camera
Amateur Radio
American Civil Liberties
Arnold Air Society
Bagpipe
Ballet Folklorico Azul Y Oro
Ballroom Dance
Best Buddies
Big Yellow Taxi
Camp Kesem
Circle K
Climbing
Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Creativity and Innovation
Culinary Appreciation and Outreach
Cycling
Dance
Detachment 255 Flyin’ Irish
Disc Golf Club
Domer Pals
DreamCatchers
First Class Steppers
FlipSide
Glass Club
Gluten-Free ND
Gong Fu

GreeND
Humor Artists
Irish Dance
Iron Sharpens Iron
Juggling Club
League of Legends
Leprechaun Legion
Logan Recreation Club
Mariachi Club
Mechatronic Football
Memory Team
Ms. Wizard Team
Mustard
ND for Animals
Park Flyers Pilots
Pom Pon Squad
Proponents of Animal Welfare Service (PAWS)
Rakes of Mallow
Role Playing Game Club
Rubik’s Cube Club
Scrabble
Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy
Student Stand-ups
Swing Club
Toastmasters
Ultimate Frisbee
Unchained Melodies

Annual Breakfast

If you plan to attend Alumni Weekend or are within striking distance of the university, join us at our breakfast meeting on Saturday, May 31. Michael Bradley, who has been close to this matter, will talk about it and related events. Read about the breakfast and register here.


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One Response to “ND Scuttles Traditional Marriage Group”

  1. 23] And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. [24] Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

    “[1] And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judea, beyond Jordan. [2] And great multitudes followed him: and he healed them there. [3] And there came to him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? [4] Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said: [5] For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.

    [6] Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. [7] They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? [8] He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. [9] And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. [10] His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.” Matthew, Chapter 19

    “This”, is singular and demonstrative; there is only one definition of marriage.The fact that there are those who deny the Sacramental nature of Marriage does not change the essence of the Sacramental nature of Marriage. A Catholic University that denies that the marital act is Life-affirming, and Life-sustaining, and can only be consummated between a man and woman united in marriage as husband and wife, is no longer in communion with Christ, and His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

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